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    First things, I'm currently not stateside unfortunately, but when I return I plan on getting an 08 WRX.

    With that said, where would be a good place to start with modifications? I am coming from a 04 SVT Focus that handeled and drove like a dream until a deer got in the way.

    I just would like a general direction to take when I get said WRX instead of diving in head first with out any knowledge of the engine or what little corks it has.

    Any and all advice is greatly appriciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilfocusowner View Post
    First things, I'm currently not stateside unfortunately, but when I return I plan on getting an 08 WRX.

    With that said, where would be a good place to start with modifications? I am coming from a 04 SVT Focus that handeled and drove like a dream until a deer got in the way.

    I just would like a general direction to take when I get said WRX instead of diving in head first with out any knowledge of the engine or what little corks it has.

    Any and all advice is greatly appriciated.
    Welcome! Where are you currently?

    What do you want out of your car? Handling like the Focus or a more balanced handling/power/breaking approach?

    In general, the 08s weaknesses were in the handling department. A set of springs + struts + sways should give you a good place to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Welcome! Where are you currently?

    What do you want out of your car? Handling like the Focus or a more balanced handling/power/breaking approach?

    In general, the 08s weaknesses were in the handling department. A set of springs + struts + sways should give you a good place to start.
    I'm in the UK for the next year and a half (Air Force).

    And I would love it to have the feel of a Focus with the suspension but with a decent bit more power. One of my co-workers has been informing me about what is good idea's but he said to hit up a forum if you want a real idea of whats what.

    And what about Coils? I had KW Variant 2's on my SVT and it handeled like a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilfocusowner View Post
    I'm in the UK for the next year and a half (Air Force).
    Thank you for your service

    Quote Originally Posted by lilfocusowner View Post
    And I would love it to have the feel of a Focus with the suspension but with a decent bit more power. One of my co-workers has been informing me about what is good idea's but he said to hit up a forum if you want a real idea of whats what.

    And what about Coils? I had KW Variant 2's on my SVT and it handeled like a dream.
    Unfortunately, the suspension was the major downfall of the 2008 WRX. Coming from a Focus SVT (one of the best-handling cars in its price range), the 2008 WRX will feel like a boat in comparison. The understeer will be tremendous, as will the body roll. I'm guessing the first thing you're going to want to do is replace the springs and sway bars. While you're in there, you might as well replace the [relatively] weak struts. IMHO, coilovers are not a good use of money for those of us using our cars on the streets. Unless you are tracking the car, the stiff and linear spring rates of a quality coilover set will be rather, um, painful. On top of the $2000 for a set of decent coilovers, you will have to invest in bi-yearly chiropracter visits. After this, you may wish to purchase a 3" exhaust (downpipe + catback) and a pro-tune to squeeze a bit more power out of that EJ255 motor.

    But really, I would upgrade your suspension to start. It is easy to become frustrated with the poor handling dynamics the WRX offers stock (especially the 2008), especially since you are coming from a well-regarded car [in the handling dept.].
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
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    Unfortunately, the suspension was the major downfall of the 2008 WRX. Coming from a Focus SVT (one of the best-handling cars in its price range), the 2008 WRX will feel like a boat in comparison. The understeer will be tremendous, as will the body roll. I'm guessing the first thing you're going to want to do is replace the springs and sway bars. While you're in there, you might as well replace the [relatively] weak struts. IMHO, coilovers are not a good use of money for those of us using our cars on the streets. Unless you are tracking the car, the stiff and linear spring rates of a quality coilover set will be rather, um, painful. On top of the $2000 for a set of decent coilovers, you will have to invest in bi-yearly chiropracter visits. After this, you may wish to purchase a 3" exhaust (downpipe + catback) and a pro-tune to squeeze a bit more power out of that EJ255 motor.

    But really, I would upgrade your suspension to start. It is easy to become frustrated with the poor handling dynamics the WRX offers stock (especially the 2008), especially since you are coming from a well-regarded car [in the handling dept.].
    I do like to race Autocross but thats a seasonal thing. So, amp up the suspension then DP and a cat back and tune. Anything else you would suggest?

    And thank you for the thanks (:

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    Hey guys,

    I'm fairly new here, well new to subaru in general. Picked up my first 07 wrx 2.5 bone stock, and I had a few questions.

    First of all I don't assume you have to tune for all mods to the engine, well atleast you wouldn't think so.....so the question is, is my rex gonna thro a code if I put a catback on there, or a turbo back? I learned the hard way with the cold air intake and had to put the stock one back on as well as reset the ecu.....no fun.

    Any guided dirrection would be greatly appreciated!

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